New resorts in Malaysia and Laos with wow factor galore

From spectacular overwater spa pods at The Ritz-Carlton in Langkawi to 100sq m tents with wraparound terraces at Rosewood in Luang Prabang

The overwater spa pods at The Ritz-Carlton in Langkawi have wow factor in abundance.
The overwater spa pods at The Ritz-Carlton in Langkawi have wow factor in abundance.

There are some big guns making inroads in the jungles of southeast Asia. The timing’s especially good on Langkawi, where the peerless Datai (thedatai.com), under total renovation, is shuttered until July. Following the opening of a slick St Regis, in late 2016, comes The Ritz-Carlton (ritzcarlton.com; from about £440), whose suites and villas, which hew to the tastefully conventional, play off nicely against alfresco restaurants, bars, pools and overwater spa pods with no small measure of wow factor, thanks to adventurous suspension engineering.  To the northeast in Luang Prabang, Bill Bensley, Bangkok-based architect and all-around master of fantasy fulfilment, has put the finishing touches to a “luxury encampment” for Rosewood (rosewoodhotels.com; from $700). Choose from 17 villas and five 100sq m tents, complete with wraparound terraces and open-air dining rooms.

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